London Fire Commissioner announces her retirement

After 32 years of dedicated service to London, Dany Cotton, London Fire Brigade’s first woman Commissioner, will retire from service in April 2020. Speaking after informing Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and Deputy Mayor for Fire and Resilience, Fiona Twycross of her decision to retire, the Commissioner said, “I have worked with the best people… Read more »

LAS appoints Ali Layne-Smith to head up People and Culture Directorate

London Ambulance Service (LAS) has announced that Ali Layne-Smith, Director of People and Organisation Development at West Midlands Police, will join the trust as the Director of People and Culture. Ali has had a long and distinguishing career already with over 20 years’ of HR experience in large, high profile organisations spanning both the public… Read more »

Work begins on first blue light tri-service hub to be created in Nottinghamshire

Work has officially started on a new blue-light tri-service hub in Hucknall, which will be shared by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Nottinghamshire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) – the first of its kind in Nottinghamshire. The hub, which will be based at EMAS’s existing ambulance station site in Annesley Road, will enable… Read more »

£2.1m investment in Ambulance Vehicle Preparation Service in Yorkshire

A £2.1m investment at Leeds and Huddersfield ambulance stations has provided new Ambulance Vehicle Preparation (AVP) facilities where a dedicated team now prepares vehicles ready for clinicians when they arrive at work to start their shift. The AVP service is operated by a team of ancillary staff who work on a 24-hours a day/seven days… Read more »

Apprenticeships for Tri-Service Safety Officers are a national first

Cornwall’s Tri-Service Safety Officers who can respond to fire and ambulance calls and support police work are enhancing their skills through an innovative new apprenticeship. The Level 3 Community Safety Advisor Apprenticeship is the first training course of its kind in the country and is being offered through a unique partnership between Truro and Penwith… Read more »

Preferred candidate for Durham Chief Constable announced

The preferred candidate for the position of Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary is the current Deputy Chief Constable, Jo Farrell. The announcement was made on 20 May by the Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for Durham and Darlington, Ron Hogg. Commenting on the appointment, Mr Hogg said, “Following a thorough search up and down the… Read more »

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service launches thermal imaging smartphones

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is one of the first fire and rescue services in the UK to introduce new thermal imaging smartphones to all fire appliances as well as its Tactical Response Vehicles (TRV). The Caterpillar S61 Thermal Image smartphone can be used as a standard smartphone. The phone is waterproof and has thermal… Read more »

Ex-Army doctor named as EMAS Medical Director

An ex-Army doctor who regularly flies with one of the region’s 999 emergency helicopters has been appointed the most senior doctor at East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS). As the service’s new Medical Director, Dr Leon Roberts MBE, is responsible for maintaining and improving clinical standards of 999 care across 6425 square miles and six counties…. Read more »